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Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:24 am      Reply with quote
Okay ... now I'm very confused! Laughing

I see a lot of recommendations for Smashbox Primer ... but it's not available in my area of Ontario. Sad What's more ... I've been unable to find out a great deal about the ingredients in Smashbox stuff.

I take it that this primer is not made from minerals?

The only types of primers/bases that are available to me are Lise Watier and Red Earth ... and while Lise Watier does have some mineral stuff ... the primer doesn't seem to be.

I've never heard of Red Earth ... anyone used it?

At this point, I'm very skeptical about using anything but minerals on my face. My face is doing well with the CoverFX powder foundation ... but I would like to minimize the look of the open pores on my cheek area. The open pore area is one of the areas that are most likely to react to products ... and I don't want to compound the problem.

Primer seems to be the answer ... but I think I'd rather find a mineral sort.


Is this a pipe dream?

Any recommendations?

Thanks

Mary
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Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:54 am      Reply with quote
Smashbox primer is silicone based. I don't know of any mineral based primers (closest I can think of would be JI absense oil control powder).

Jurlique Lavender Silk Dust Powder is used by some as a primer for mineral foundations.
I haven't tried it myself, I'm happy using the smashbox primer with liquid foundations as well as mineral powder foundations.

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Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:16 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Hpjrt

I don't use any liquid primers, but use this matte finish translucent powder by PureLuxe and it seems to be fine for my oily skin.

Regarding Red Earth--

Is Red Earth still open in Canada??

It is, or was, an Australian based cosmetics company. I thought they folded a year ago... were bought out by some big fat cat and decided to merge but obviously not.

I have used a lot of their cosmetics when I was younger, because they always did funky colours in fashionable packaging. But ingredients-wise, they are not the best thing out there. I can guarantee you it is not a mineral based primer, as they are mostly chemical or talc based cosmetics.
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Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:20 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks miranets,

I have never heard of the product before ... but when I phoned the Shoppers Drug Mart in my area ... they said that they only had two "primers" ... one of which was Red Earth.

Now the "cosmetician" claimed that Red Earth was "very good" and had "superior ingredients" ... but I never believe drug store cosmeticians anyway! Laughing

Heck ... I went into a Esthetics store today and asked about Mineral Makeup and the Esthetician looked at me like I was from another country!

Thanks for the "inside scoop".

Mary
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Thu Sep 29, 2005 5:53 pm      Reply with quote
hpjrt wrote:
Okay ... now I'm very confused! Laughing

I see a lot of recommendations for Smashbox Primer ... but it's not available in my area of Ontario. Sad What's more ... I've been unable to find out a great deal about the ingredients in Smashbox stuff.

I take it that this primer is not made from minerals?

The only types of primers/bases that are available to me are Lise Watier and Red Earth ... and while Lise Watier does have some mineral stuff ... the primer doesn't seem to be.

I've never heard of Red Earth ... anyone used it?

At this point, I'm very skeptical about using anything but minerals on my face. My face is doing well with the CoverFX powder foundation ... but I would like to minimize the look of the open pores on my cheek area. The open pore area is one of the areas that are most likely to react to products ... and I don't want to compound the problem.

Primer seems to be the answer ... but I think I'd rather find a mineral sort.


Is this a pipe dream?

Any recommendations?

Thanks

Mary


Here's one that claims to be all minerals.

http://www.raesinimages.com/primers.htm
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:58 am      Reply with quote
Thanks TooInvolved,

I'll check this company out.

[I love your username! Laughing ]

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Thanks. Smile
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Sat Oct 01, 2005 12:37 am      Reply with quote
hpjrt wrote:
Okay ... now I'm very confused! Laughing

I see a lot of recommendations for Smashbox Primer ... but it's not available in my area of Ontario. Sad What's more ... I've been unable to find out a great deal about the ingredients in Smashbox stuff.

I take it that this primer is not made from minerals?

The only types of primers/bases that are available to me are Lise Watier and Red Earth ... and while Lise Watier does have some mineral stuff ... the primer doesn't seem to be.

I've never heard of Red Earth ... anyone used it?

At this point, I'm very skeptical about using anything but minerals on my face. My face is doing well with the CoverFX powder foundation ... but I would like to minimize the look of the open pores on my cheek area. The open pore area is one of the areas that are most likely to react to products ... and I don't want to compound the problem.

Primer seems to be the answer ... but I think I'd rather find a mineral sort.


Is this a pipe dream?

Any recommendations?

Thanks

Mary

Mary,

You can order the Smashbox Primer from the Shopping Channel ($44.00 S&H: Included):
http://www.theshoppingchannel.com
or Sephora ($44.00, free shipping for order > $120 CDN):
http://www.sephora.com
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Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:55 am      Reply with quote
It's not mineral based, but clarins beauty flash balm is a good primer. I'm kind of torn between that one and the smashbox at the mo. I quite like the smashbox, but I don't like the silicones in it, it gives my skin an intial unrealistic feel if ya know what I mean!

I also theink that the botanicals in the flash balm are helping my skin a bit.

just my 2 cents Smile

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Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:36 pm      Reply with quote
I tried to post a reply a couple days ago but after I posted, there was an error message. I was going to retype the Smashbox primer ingredients haven't gotten a chance since now.

Here they are: cyclomethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, isopropylparaben, retinyl palmitate, tocoperyl acetate, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, kolanut seed extract, propylene glycol, green tea extract, parabens, water

I ordered mine from the The Shopping Channel.

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